Hey there friends, how are you today? How was your week? What are your plans for this week? Did you include time with the Lord? Our walk with the Lord is personal as well as relational.  It takes a community to encourage, motivate, warn, comfort and edify us on this journey, so that we do not give up.  I Thess 5 11And it takes an intimate, one on one relationship with the Lord to ensure spiritual growth, soundness and knowledge.  We need each other, but we NEED our time with the Lord more.  As the year quickly comes to an end, let’s determine that our time with the Lord is not negotiable.  What we think about the Lord matters.  What we know about the Lord determines what we think about Him.  Spending time with Him confirms or not, what we’ve been told.  His Word is our sure foundation, and not just what we’ve been told.  Even Satan is able to quote scripture, even though he did not do that accurately. Know the Word of God for yourself; do not be satisfied with just what you’ve been told about the Bible.  Weigh what you’ve been told with scripture; ensure what you’ve been told aligns with scripture.  Scripture is true; it is the final authority.   Hebrews 4 12We serve a Great and Mighty God.  He is faithful and true.  He loves everyone unconditionally and unwavering; nothing and no one can take His love from us.  He gives peace and complete and utter joy, is found in Him.  He brings contentment and forgiveness is never far behind.  He brings laughter and even when He allows sorrow, He is never far away.  His presence is a surety and with Him comes grace and mercy.  How do I know that? II Tim 3 16Yes, I have been told so.  But I KNOW that to be true because the Bible told me so.  I BELIEVE that to be true because my God has proven it to me, time and time again.  Our Lord gave His Word which tells us about Himself and about real people with flaws, like (impatient) Moses, (fearful) Gideon and (timid) Esther. Still the Lord was able to use these people to tell His story.   They are real people, just like us; with choices to make, just like us.  He wants to continue that story in our lives; He wants this generation and generations to come to read our story.  Will our story be note worthy? Will they want to read about us? Luke 1 38As with the saints of old, God only showed One Perfect Man; His Son, He allowed us to see the imperfections of all others, like, Mark, Paul and Peter.  Yet He was able to use them, when they surrendered their lives to Him.  We have a choice today.  Unfortunately or fortunately, the Lord will not force us to accept His will.  We have to choose to surrender to His will, in order to do so, we must know the Person, to whom that surrender is given.  We can’t trust someone, we don’t know.  We can’t know Someone if we don’t take the time to know Him.  The choice to know Him is personal, believe it or not, if we really desire to know this God, reading His Story is not optional. closing1brenda